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by Traditional
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Listen and pray along while meditating on the life of Jesus Christ, as seen by His mother Mary. Includes scripture readings for all four sets of mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). Also includes optional files for the Apostle's Creed and the Hail Holy Queen ending sequence.
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Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: Traditional
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by St. Gregory the Great
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This is _the_ medieval management book, written by the pope who set up the Catholic Church to survive the Dark Ages. It was written for bishops and read by huge numbers of European lay leaders as well as church ones. This is the book that King Alfred so wanted to spread around that he had it translated into English. This is a book that still has important lessons today. The first part considers what sort of person you ought to have in charge and what sort not, as well as good and bad reasons...
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, leadership
Source: Trans. by Barmby, from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. XII
This 1811 novel is the story of a young girl whose parentage is unknown but obviously well-to-do. Abandoned at an elite boarding school but befriended by a chance-met stranger, her life is full of mystery... and humor! Possibly the only novel ever written in which a dog's pedigree is mistaken for that of the heroine. No wonder it went through so many editions!
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance, Regency
Source: 1822 J. Gleave edition
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by St. John of the Cross
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The spiritual classic about dark nights of the soul, and how to start to achieve union with God through prayer, begins with a look at the "night of sense". The second book deals with the "night of faith". Then the third book deals with the "night of the memory and will". The final two books of the five book treatise are generally printed separately and called The Dark Night of the Soul . So I have also recorded them separately.
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
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by St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. Book I Book II Book IV Book V
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
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by H. Beam Piper
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The planet Zarathustra is going through a dry spell. Land-prawns, ecologists, and scared bureaucrats are coming out of the woodwork. But there's more trouble to come. The cutest little alien critter you've ever seen: Little Fuzzy. This book is widely regarded as a minor sf classic, and is much loved.
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
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by St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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Now that Irenaeus has given us a rundown on Gnostic teachers, beliefs, and practices, he moves to suggesting arguments against such beliefs. These arguments also provide an interesting look at theology in Irenaeus' day. Book I Book III Book IV Book V
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
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by St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics). Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings. Book II Book III Book IV Book V
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
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by St. Catherine of Siena
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A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The third part of the book, "A Treatise on Prayer", discusses all sorts of things: the value of tears, Communion, priests, a good death, and of course prayer. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Part 5
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
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by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (Lucan)
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An epic poem about the tragic Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius (Pompey), which also figuratively chronicles Lucan's own realization that his good friend, patron, and new emperor, Nero, has become a danger to his people. The poem ends prematurely, because Lucan was executed for plotting to overthrow Nero. Immensely influential to Western civilization and a true classic, though sadly forgotten over the last hundred years (when folks should have read it). Translated by Sir Edward...
Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History
Source: Pharsalia by Lucan, tr. by Sir Edward Ridley, 1896.
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by Lord Dunsany
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The first third of a book of short-short stories by Lord Dunsany, the classic fantasy writer of the early 20th century. Weird, wise, funny, and sad by turns, no two tales are alike. Listen to them in order or skip about as you please. Part 2 Part 3
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, 1915
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by Lord Dunsany
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More short-short stories from Lord Dunsany, one of the great fantasy writers. Part 1 Part 3
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, 1915
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by R. Austin Freeman
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Dr Thorndyke returns in this classic Edwardian mystery novel of forensics, both the medical and the law kind. How did the rich Egyptologist disappear off the face of the earth, and when? Who inherits his money? (Published in the US as The Vanishing Man. Boring title, eh?) Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman, 1911.
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by Lord Dunsany
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The final third of a book of short-short stories by Lord Dunsany, a classic fantasy writer of the early 20th century. Weird, wise, funny, and sad by turns -- no two tales are alike. Listen to them in order or skip about as you please. Part 1 Part 2
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, 1915
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by St. Catherine of Siena
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A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The first part, A Treatise of Divine Providence, discusses love of God, love of neighbor, and how all sins and virtues ultimately hinge on actions towards one's neighbor. Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
Source: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
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by Torquato Tasso
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The classic poem continues with more fantasy Crusade adventure, as the siege of Jerusalem begins and one of the most prominent Crusaders is killed with a sharp piece of irony. A courtly love triangle from afar is revealed: the Christian knight Tancred, the Saracen lady knight Clorinda, and Erminia, the exiled Saracen princess of Antioch. Meanwhile, the wizard king of Damascus sends his niece, the lovely witch Armida, to seduce and destroy the Crusaders by any means possible. Then there's a...
Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
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by Edmund Burke
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On March 22, 1775, Edmund Burke made a speech in Parliament to propose peace and conciliation with the rebellious American colonists. A beautiful speech that is a joy to read, and a heartbreakingly plausible and sensible road not taken.
Topics: Spoken Word, Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, politics, American Revolution
Source: From Burke's Complete Works, and read by me.
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by St. Ignatius of Antioch
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On his way to martyrdom in Rome, Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (then in Syria; now Antakya, Turkey) wrote letters to the Church in several cities of the Empire. Seven of these letters survive. By the way, you'll notice that the good bishop is not shy about calling Jesus "God". (So much for that Da Vinci Code silliness....)
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
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by Stanley G. Weinbaum
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In an America where civilization has collapsed, a young man named Hull Tarvish sets out to see the world -- and to fight the rising power of Joaquin Smith's empire. (Prequel to The Black Flame.) Weinbaum's first published story, "A Martian Odyssey", changed science fiction forever. He died of throat cancer 15 months later, in 1935. However, stories he'd written before being published continued to come out for years after he died; so he continued to exert influence on the field after...
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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This creepy tale of an antebellum Christmas (and New Year's) in New York continues, with poison, fire, demons, mynah birds, and some action figures you'd rather not find in your stocking. Beware the Wondersmith!
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas, Horror, Holidays - New Year's Eve
Source: "The Wondersmith" by Fitz-James O'Brien
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by R. Austin Freeman
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The classic forensic technology Edwardian mystery concludes. Now it's time for courtroom drama in the Old Bailey. But the problem isn't so much whodunit as howdunit. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
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by R.S. Surtees
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The 1853 classic of British humor continues, as Mr. Sponge visits a country house whose owners mistakenly think he's rich. He thinks the same thing about them -- and their daughters. It's a clash of humbug vs. humbug! Who will win? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees, 1852
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by Thomas a Kempis
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The bestselling spiritual classic from the Middle Ages continues, with more talk of detachment from unhappiness, things people say about you, and unfortunate events. There is also advice on how to deal with temptation. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL
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by R. Austin Freeman
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The legal maneuvering begins as the Edwardian forensic investigation continues. What is behind the scattering of bones? What do the police know that young Dr. Jervis doesn't? And what does Dr. Thorndyke have up his sleeve? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
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by Hilaire Belloc
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A broad popular survey of European history, emphasizing Europe's continuity of civilization from the days of the Roman Empire to the present day, as well as the importance of the Catholic Church to European history and life. This is Belloc at his quirkiest. His hatred of corporation capitalism and his love of diversity in unity are both on display, as he argues for the proposition that the Roman Empire never really fell. (He also insists on the special importance of France and England to...
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
Source: Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc, 1920
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by R. Austin Freeman
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This Edwardian mystery of medicine and inheritance law continues. Young Dr. Berkeley meets the lawyer who wrote that bizarre will. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
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by William J. Locke
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Three very different men take a train through the English countryside. Why are they all going to the same place for Christmas?
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas
Source: A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men by Wiliam J. Locke, 1910.
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by R. Austin Freeman
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Thorndyke is invited onto a crime scene a little earlier than usual, only to find murder and a message from the sea.
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: John Thorndyke's Cases, 1909
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by O. Henry
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Welcome to Coralio, a pleasant South American coastal town. Heading for it is President Miraflores, who has abandoned his job but brought along an opera singer and a good chunk of his nation's treasury. A motley crew of expatriates and locals is waiting for him, and so is his strange fate....
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance, humor
Source: Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry
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by Hermas
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The Shepherd of Hermas was a "bestseller" among early Christians (late Second Century), and was nearly designated a book of scripture. It's not clear whether it's supposed to be instructive fiction or an actual account of visions by Hermas, a freed slave turned shady businessman, worried by his sharp-tongued wife and troubled kids. The book provides much food for thought and much to disagree with. Book 2: Part 1 | Part 2
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Source: The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot
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by St. Catherine of Siena
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A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The second part of the book, "A Treatise on Discretion", discusses how all good things must be done with discretion, which is part of love; how Christ is like a bridge; how virtues and good works should not be done out of fear or as an end in themselves, but out of love; and how the soul should learn to love God unconditionally as a friend and adopted child, not just for God's good gifts. Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
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by R.S. Surtees
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This classic 1853 novel of British humor continues as Mr. Sponge -- hunter of foxes, rich wives, and the easily conned -- goes on a foxhunt and tries to sell a horse. Funny, sharp, interesting, and just plain fun. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees
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by Thomas a Kempis
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A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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This 1859 short story probably influenced both Maupassant's "The Horla" and Bierce's "The Damned Thing". It's pretty spooky all by itself, though. The second phase of the story is a science fiction take -- a very odd one. See what you think.
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Horror
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by Ronald A. Knox
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The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer.
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy, Mystery
Source: "Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", 1911
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by R. Austin Freeman
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As Dr. Berkeley's dreams crumble, new evidence is discovered. And it may be a matter of life or death for his friends.... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
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by R. Austin Freeman
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An Egyptologist is missing. An inheritance is at stake. Accusations are flying. A young doctor begins to make inquiries -- and is strangely charmed by the people at the center of the case. Another mystery starring Edwardian London's CSI -- Dr. Thorndyke! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
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by St. Augustine
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A deacon requests advice on how best to explain the faith to people who want to become Christian, how to know how he's doing at it, and how to keep it interesting both to them and himself. Augustine's answer touches on all sorts of things, from teaching, public speaking, and linguistics to salvation history and the psychology of converts. Interesting and useful stuff! Translated by the Rev. C.L. Cornish, 1847.
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Source: Seventeen Short Treatises of St. Augustine, trans. by C.L. Cornish and H. Browne, 1847.
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by John Meade Falkner
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The mysteries of Cullerne begin to manifest, as Mrs. Joliffe receives a flattering offer to buy a worthless painting, and a mysterious stranger appears. The church organist has the strange impression that he's being followed and watched. And nobody will listen to Mr. Westray, the young architect, and his fears that the church tower is ready to fall.... By the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius. Part 1 Part 2
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
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by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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A mysterious man lurks among the mummies of the Louvre. What strange secret is held by the Ring of Thoth? First published in Cornhill Magazine, 1890.
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: The Captain of the Polestar, and Other Tales, 1890
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by St. Catherine of Siena
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A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The third part of the book, "A Treatise on Obedience", discusses Christ's obedience, the way that obedience enhances other virtues, and how obedience is promoted by the religious life. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
Source: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
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by R. Austin Freeman
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This classic mystery of a vanished man and his bizarre will continues, as the plot thickens and people start falling in love. Dr. Thorndyke is on the case! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
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by Jacques Futrelle
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Here's the contention: mind is the master of all things. Here's the bet: that a scrawny professor can escape a prison cell on Death Row in one week. What will happen in this duel between the warden of Chisholm Prison and the Thinking Machine?
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: "The Prisoner of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle, 1907
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by St. Cyril of Jerusalem
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Transcriptions of a set of class lectures delivered, during the six weeks of Lent, by St. Cyril of Jerusalem (then bishop and patriarch of Jerusalem) to a class of candidates planning on baptism and reception into the Church at Easter. Sometime during the fourth century. At the time these lectures were being given, catechumens and candidates were not allowed to attend the entire Mass, learn many important teachings before being baptized, or disclose Church teachings to outsiders. This was...
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VII
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by Alexander Amphiteatrov and Honore de Balzac
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"Napoleonder", a Russian folk tale about Napoleon's career, and "The Napoleon of the People", a chapter from Balzac's novel The Country Doctor describing French folk beliefs about Napoleon's special powers and destiny.
Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: Folk-Tales of Napoleon, translated by George Kennan (1902)
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by R.S. Surtees
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Mr. Sponge is his name; fox-hunting and fortune-hunting are his game. Yep -- like Becky Sharp, he's an anti-hero. This fun and funny 1853 novel gives us an unromantic but not unsympathetic look at post-Regency England from top to bottom, through sports. Since foxhunters in England are now a persecuted minority, better read this book before PETA throws red paint on it! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees
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by Edward Everett Hale
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The classic story of a man who learns to love his country when it is taken away from him. This complete and unabridged version from Hale's 1868 story collection includes many incidents cut from textbooks, as well as an illuminating introduction by the author which reveals unknown facts about the tale. Listen to it again for the very first time!
Topic: Audiobook - Fiction
Source: The Man Without a Country and Other Tales by Edward Everett Hale, 1868.
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by R. Austin Freeman
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A classic Dr. Thorndyke mystery with state-of-the-art Edwardian forensic science and timeless wit and excitement. A thief left a fingerprint behind, and the police arrest the person whose print it is. An open and shut case? Not to Dr. Thorndyke. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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Two young men go hunting in the forests of upstate New York, and find themselves trapped in a nightmarish situation.
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by Hilaire Belloc
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And you thought Seinfeld was the first one to tell jokes about nothing! From the 1908 book On Nothing and Kindred Subjects, Hilaire Belloc brings us a short and funny essay "On the Pleasure of Taking Up One's Pen". Enjoy!
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy
Source: On Nothing and Kindred Subjects, by Hilaire Belloc
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by St. Justin Martyr
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"Apologia" means "explanation". In this case, a Greek philosopher who converted to Christianity attempts to explain to Emperor Marcus Aurelius why Christianity is a good thing; or failing that, what Christians believe and do as opposed to what is rumored; and why it was bad for the Empire to persecute Christians just for holding Christian beliefs. The apologia is circa 147-161 A.D. If you're interested at all in history, politics, or religion, this is like a trip in a time...
Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
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by R. Austin Freeman
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This 1909 short story features the first famous pathologist detective, Dr. Thorndyke. The Thorndyke stories helped educate the police, the public, and criminals about crime scenes and forensics. CSI: Edwardian England!
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: John Thorndyke's Cases, 1909
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by Joseph Jacobs
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With no weapons but her wits, how can she possibly beat a giant? A traditional Scottish fairy tale retold.
Topic: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy
Source: English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1890.
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by Scottish Trad.
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Traditional Scottish ballad. This is my mix-and-match of several traditional versions.
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Topics: Ballad, Celtic
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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A poor man contrasts his Christmas tree to that of a millionaire.
Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Christmas
Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1860
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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An Arab merchant tells the tale of the winter he spent in Russia. Gently humorous.
Topic: Audiobook - Fiction
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by Lord Dunsany
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An undefended city. Citizens who have forgotten war. Enemies on the march. And seven dead heroes of old. One of the great fantasy writers of all time, Lord Dunsany was comfortable writing everything from opium dreams to darkly realistic modern fantasy, from novels to hit plays. Here he is with a high fantasy short story from 1908. Enjoy.
Topic: Audiobook - Fiction
Source: "The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories", at Gutenberg.
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by St. Cyril of Jerusalem
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It's almost Easter, and Cyril concludes his classes for those about to be received into Baptism and Communion with the Church with rousing lectures on the Last Judgement, Antichrist, the Holy Spirit, and other stuff they need to know. Now also including the last two of the Mystagogical Lectures, because there was no room at the server for them. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Mystagogical Lectures
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
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by G.K. Chesterton
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A short essay by G.K. Chesterton on horror's proper place.
Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: Alarms and Discursions by G.K. Chesterton, 1910.
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by Henry Van Dyke
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A story of medieval Germany and the first Christmas tree. Exciting, poetic, and atmospheric. By the author of "The Story of the Other Wise Man".
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas
Source: "The First Christmas Tree" by Henry Van Dyke, 1897
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by Anonymous
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A digest of Christian teaching from circa AD 60-100. Translated by Isaac Hall and John Napier. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers , Volume 7, edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson, American edition, 1886.
Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7, 1886.
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by St. Catherine of Siena
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The fifth and final part of the book, comprised of the translator's Introduction (giving historical information), and his appendix, a letter from one of St. Catherine's associates telling about her death. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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A young doctor is called out one night by a mysterious woman.
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by Dame Juliana Berners
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Published in 1496 as part of the Book of St. Albans, and written by an English prioress, this little treatise explains how to make a telescoping fishing rod, fishing line, and hooks. It also explains how to fish, when, and where. However, for the non-angler, the real pleasure of this treatise is its pleasant tone and small nuggets of wisdom.
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, fishing
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by R.S. Surtees
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Mr. Sponge hunts with Sir Harry Scattercash's hounds (yes, he actually gets to hunt). But he doesn't have quite as much fun as he should've had. And his host is growing impatient, both with his stay and his popularity with his wife. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 |
Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
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by St. Cyprian of Carthage
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A guide to the spiritual riches of the simple prayer called the Lord's Prayer or the "Our Father", from a bishop of North Africa martyred in AD 258.
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Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 5
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by Thomas a Kempis
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A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 1 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Topics: mysticism, Audiobook - Nonfiction
Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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This 1856 short story is a rather nifty little dark fantasy which, though set in China, reminds me a bit of Irish nationalism and Irish legends as well. Beware of the dragon fang!
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by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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From the Golden Age of Spanish drama, this play is based on the legend of St. Patrick's Purgatory, a famous pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. It also references the Irish-origin legends about St. Patrick. Translated into English in the same verse meters as the original, and very well done, too.
Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion, Plays, St. Patrick's Day
Source: English translation by Denis Florence MacCarthy
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by Thomas a Kempis
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The bestselling religious classic from the Middle Ages continues. God is the only truly trustworthy being. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL
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by St. Cyril of Jerusalem
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In third century Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on Easter Sunday, the candidates were baptized and received Communion for the first time. During the next week, St. Cyril taught short classes about what exactly was the meaning of these Mysteries. The Mystagogical Lectures are actual transcriptions of those classes. Great stuff both for students of religion and history. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VII
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by John Meade Falkner
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Cullerne, once a Dorset seaport, now is a tiny town in the middle of a marshy nowhere. Its huge old church badly needs restoration, and Arthur Westray is sent by his firm to handle matters. But sleepy Cullerne is full of old secrets and mysteries, and everywhere you look is the Blandamer coat of arms -- the Nebuly Coat. (John Meade Falkner is also the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius.) Part 2 Part 3
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
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by Thomas a Kempis
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This section of the medieval spiritual classic talks about the Interior Life. Topics include meditation, humility, human goodness and purity, singlemindedness of purpose, a good conscience, not worshipping just for the sake of getting nice fuzzy feelings, perseverence in the sake of suffering, and willingly carrying one's cross for love of Jesus. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
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Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
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by Fitz-James O'Brien
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Take one antebellum New York college student with a crazy dream of the perfect microscope. Add one spiritualist (modeled after the Fox sisters), one diamond, and one drop of water. Stir.
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Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
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by St. Ignatius of Antioch
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Facing martyrdom -- okay, running toward it with open arms -- the old Syrian bishop, once a disciple of the Apostle John, still took time to write letters to the Christians in various cities. Here's the one he wrote to the Church in Rome.
Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religious
Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, ed. Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson